Two Dolphins Players That Could Use A Fresh Start?


Dolphins cornerback Cordrea Tankersley is facing a complicated 2019

There are a two players on the Dolphins roster still young enough to possibly turn that proverbial corner and they just might need to be traded to another team and allow some other staff to get them to that next level.

If you look at Miami’s free agent pick ups the majority of them were young player who have yet to reach their ceiling or at least I’m sure the Dolphins are hoping that is the case.

Players like:

OG/OT Ereck Flowers (26 years old) Drafted 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9  The Giants drafted him to be their future LT and after failing to live up to their expectations he was moved to RT and eventually benched. He was labeled a bust and On May 2, 2018, the Giants declined the fifth-year option on Flower’s contract, making him a free agent in 2019

On October 12, 2018, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Flowers to a one-year contract after Josh Wells was placed on injured reserve. He was named the starting left tackle in Week 11, and started there the rest of the season.

On March 18, 2019, Flowers signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Washington Redskins. He transitioned to offensive guard during the team’s training camp, where he started all season at left guard.

Despite many detractors Ereck Flowers proved to be more than adequate and in fact played very well at the LG position prompting his detractors to have a change of heart and many thinking the Redskins should lock this kid up for a long term contract. The Redskins did not try to pigeonhole Flowers at the OT position and it paid off for them and Flowers.

That is why the Dolphins pounced on this young man and have given him a very good contract to play on our offensive line most likely at the position he has excelled at.

Or

DE Shaq Lawson (26 years old) different positions but similar situations as Lawson too was a first round pick in the  2016  NFL Draft / Round: 1 / Pick: 19 he started off slow his first 3 seasons in the NFL where he had only 10 sacks so Buffalo decided prior to the 2019 season not to pick up his fifth year option which made him a free agent at the end of 2019. Lawson had his best season as a Bills DE in 2019 tallying 6.5 sacks and seemed to turn the corner. The Dolphins will get to see if he can sustain that play and do even better.

The Dolphins have a similar issue with two of their young players they drafted and they might just need to move on to allow some other team to get a shot at their development.

DE/OLB Charles Harris (26 years old) was drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft / Round: 1 / Pick: 22 and so far under two regimes have failed to live up to expectations and with the additions made in free agency and most likely the draft I have a feeling unless some big awakening happens he will find it hard to make the roster in 2020 and a potential change of scenery is what might help this young man out.

Training camp will be brutal as competition has already been increased and who knows what will be added with the many picks the Dolphins have. Charles is still young and can potentially be trade bait before the start of the 2020 NFL season.

CB Cordrea Tankersley (26 years old) was drafted in the 2017  Draft / Round: 3 / Pick: 97 and was able to supplant high priced veteran FA pick up Byron Maxwell to play opposite 2nd year standout CB Xavien Howard after two games into the season.

He recorded a season-high five combined tackles and deflected a pass during the 20-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. As a rookie in his debut, Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees targeted Tankersley as he was matched up with Michael Thomas. He allowed just four of seven completions for 36-yards and congratulated by Drew Brees for his play. (Wiki)

Unfortunately injuries have derailed his short career On December 3, 2017, he sustained a shoulder injury in the first half and he left after suffering an ankle injury in the second half in the Dolphins win over the Denver Broncos. On November 2, 2018, Tankersley was placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL in practice and on August 31, 2019, Tankersley was placed on the reserve/PUP list to start the season while recovering from the torn ACL and was eventually scrapped for the season.

This is another player that just might need a change of scenery as he has not lived up to expectations mostly due to injuries but with the Dolphins signing Byron Jones to a huge contract and with the combination or Jones and Howard’s contracts there don’t seem to be a starting position available for Tankersley and he too might be better off with a new start.

 

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